It’s been a really busy year so far. Been playing a lot with Trinity, and also been working on my own album. Joined a new trio with Joel Svensson and Bengt Stark (Joel’s the leader). The autumn seem to be less busy, but you never know… Anyway, the main focus will be on finishing the album.
Here’s some new videos:
From Trinity’s spring tour
From Apan & Grisen’s preimere gig:
And here som photos from the recording sessions for the album, taken by Palli Kristumdsson
This summer I will be recording my album that I have been planning for years. It will be mostly my songs. Some very old and some new ones. Really looking forward to getting them all on record! The drummer on the album will be Daniel Olsson and he’s the only musician except me that will be playing on the whole album. The others will be guest musicians on a few tracks each. More on that later!
Earlier this year me Daniel started rehearsing for the record as well as for duo gigs. The project has the working name Apan & Grisen (Monkey & the pig). Don’t ask what it means, we don’t know 🙂
Some month ago we put a camera in the rehearsal room and recorded a few songs and put them on youtube. You can see them here:
And here’s just an example. My tune “Danicing song”. Enjoy!
For a few weeks earlier this year, all my B3-type organ were gathered in the studio. Natually I had to take this opportunity to take a “family photo”. Palli Kristmundsson took the photos. Check out the whole gallery
Trinity started 2014 by making a new CD. The official release is March 5th and our release concert will be held at Underbara bar, Stockholm on March 10th. We’re really happy with the result so make sure you get it!
There’ll be a lot of more concerts during this spring so check the schedule to the right. Hope to see you somewhere on the road!
Here’s some pictures from the recording taken by Palli Kristmundsson:
We’ve been touring mostly Värmland the last two weeks, doing jazz clubs as well as school concerts and playing for elderly. Here’s a nice review from our concert in Karlskoga; http://www.vallabacken.se/?page_id=1769
Also check out some new pictures on the GIGS tab.
It’s been a great year, and I’d like to take a moment to look back, but also to share my plans and hopes for 2014, which I think will be an ever better year!
We’ve been playing a lot with Trinity. This trio is really an organism in itself. There is no group that I have played that has been so fun, challenging and stimulating. We will jump start 2014 by recording our 3rd album and then it’s off to tours all over Sweden. Really looking forward to that!
I’ve added a “Gigs” tab where I try to document each gig in some way, with photos, videos and press material.
Check it out once in a while to keep up!
One of the clips on my youtube channel is really starting to take off. I promise to do more of this in 2014! In case you missed it, here it is:
I also have to mention 2 more odd (at least for me) projects this year that has been really fun:
1 – Playing organ at basketball and floorball games.
2 – Doing Elvis songs in Russian
So that was this year, and now to the next:
For more than year I’ve planning to release a record in my own name. The project has taken a lot longer than I had thought but it will get done in 2014! There are so many songs of mine that hasn’t been recorded and released yet.
Trinity, Arnesen Bluesband and other bands will be working as usual of course but I’m also looking forward to working more with some new projects, Boheme for example (http://andreashellkvist.com/?page_id=452). I also intend to post more regularly on my youtube channel.
I also hope to come abroad and play more. A few tours is already being planned. I sincerely hope I can make a tour in the US.
Finally, I’d just like express my deepest gratitude for all love and support from all of you. Have yourself a merry little Christmas and see you in 2014!
Two new videos are up on Youtube. It’s “Lazy River” from Trinity’s concert ay Kulturoasen, Uppsala and “Georgia on my mind” from Boheme’s session in May. Enjoy!
Also, Trinity has a new facebook page. Check it out and like it!
I finally put up some more videos on youtube! One on my own channel with Boheme, and another on Trinity’s channel. Enjoy!
This is from our recording in May, one of the few takes that were captured on film.
This one is from Gävle konserthus on October 9th.
Click on the picture to get to Hammond organs USA’s facebook page. There all 100 nominees are listed. Choose your 25 favorites by liking the picures. It’s truly an honor to be included in such a list!
The nominations are done by Hammond organ USA, http://hammondorganco.com/
For this season I was asked by Sirius innebandy (floorball team), who just have entered the major league in Sweden, to play “sports organ” at their home games. I’m not really a sports guy myself, but sitting there at the side following the games to play the approriate tune at the right moment really gets you into it!
The first game was today, and I’m happy to say: They won!
Think it’ll be a fun season.
Me and pedal steel player Niklas Widén have been playing together for some years in an annual Elvis show based in Uppsala, Sweden. We also share an interest in the russian language, both having studied it before
Earlier this year we had an idea to combine these two. Why not do Elvis songs in russian? It was a too fun idea to ignore. So we started looking for songs that would fit the concept. We also found some translations online that could be used as a basis, though most of them needed some editing.
We started rehearsing during summer. We decided to both play the guitar and sing. Then on an event called “Culture night” in Uppsala held last Saturday we made our premiere gig. One of the weirdest gigs in a while, but a lot of fun!
The project was named Tovarishchi Elvisa (Elvis’ comrades). At the moment, no more gigs are planned but I’m sure there will be. It’s a fun contrast to all the Hammond playing!
These picures are taken by Palli Kristmundsson (right) and by Ted Dluzewski (left). Palli also documented one of our rehearsals and you can visit his gallery here: